What is Open Access?
“Open-access (OA) literature is digital, online, free of charge (to the reader), and free of most copyright and licensing restrictions. What makes it possible is the internet and the consent of the author or copyright-holder."
Suber, Peter (2013) Open Access Overview
OA Mythbuster - short slideshow
Download the free ebook Open Access published by MIT Press
written by the Harvard expert on OA Peter Suber.
Watch this 3 min video from Wiley to understand
the essential principles of Open Access publishing.
Routes to Open Access - Green
An author publishes in a journal and self-archives a version in an institutional repository, such as LBS Research Online.
The publisher decides which version it permits to be archived. It is usually the author’s peer reviewed final pre-publication version (which may confusingly be called a "post-print"). They may also set an embargo period usually between 6 and 24 months. However if the embargo is over 24 months this could make the research output ineligible for the next REF and must be noted as an 'exception' in LBS Research Online.
To check a journal’s embargo period go to the Sherpa Romeo web service.
Please note it does not update continuously so further checks will be needed. Contact the Library for help.
This is the easiest way to ensure your research meets open access requirements and ensure eligibility for submission to the next REF.
Why Open Access?
Open access helps you to:
- Increase the visibility and impact of your work
- Get more funding by meeting your funder's requirements and LBS policy
- Ensure your work is eligible for the next REF
- Know your rights and decide how your work is used
What's in it for the School?
- Global visibility for our research
- Maximum impact for our research with improved citations
- Long term preservation of the School's entire research output
- Ensures legal compliance with funder's OA requirements
Contact the Library
for assistance: firstname.lastname@example.org
Routes to Open Access - Gold
With Gold OA the final published article is made freely available online immediately and permanently on the publisher’s website. Known as “author pays” model; the journal publisher charges an APC (Article processing charge).
A license is applied that allows users to download, copy, reuse and distribute data, usually a Creative Commons (CC) License. Charges vary but can be up to £2,500 per article.
An alternative route to Gold is to publish in an Open Access Journal but this is unlikely to be the prefered route for LBS research.